Apr 5, 2016

Panama Papers & Mexican drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero, Süddeutsche Zeitung

DEA poster of R. Caro Quintero
Mexican drug kingpin linked to DEA agent's murder in 1985 turns up in the leaked 'Panama Papers'

Reported by Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ):

"Jürgen Mossack apparently provided services to at least one of the era’s big drug bosses, the Mexican Caro Quintero. After Quintero had an American secret agent kidnapped, tortured and killed in 1985, the United States launched a manhunt to track him down. He was arrested in April 1985. Only a few days before his arrest, one of his middlemen had Mossack Fonseca set up a company to hide Quintero’s fortune. A villa in Costa Rica was part of this fortune. Jürgen Mossack himself acted as its sham director."

DZ staff note: Rafael Caro Quintero, currently considered a fugitive, was convicted of playing a role in the 1985 torture-murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. Hector Berrellez, a former DEA official who was assigned to investigate Camarena's murder, said that Caro Quintero had amassed a vast fortune (in the billions with a "B") from drug-trafficking that was never seized or accounted for throughout his trial and imprisonment in Mexico. Caro Quintero shared leadership in the Guadalajara drug cartel with Mexican drug-trafficking godfathers Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo and Miguel A. Felix Gallardo, the same organization that helped trained Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman.